President of the Sierra Leone Industrial Court, Justice Patrick Hamilton, yesterday vowed to jail anybody who is caught stealing resources of the country.

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Justice Hamilton was speaking at the High Court on Siaka Steven Street, in a matter between the Sierra Leone Ports Authority and one Moses Momodu Johnson plus nine others.

He informed counsel of the plaintiffs that the lawyer representing the defendant, A.L. Sesay, had on previous trial date raised an objection that the former had once taken the same matter to the High Court, where Justice Tolla Thompson was the presiding judge, adding that a ruling was given in favour of the complainants and that their benefits were paid to them.

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The plaintiffs – Moses Momodu Johnson, Dura S. Bangura, Mamusu G. Kamara, Francis Fatoma Gamanga, Doreen M.R. French, John Bangura, Christian M’bayah, Francis Bockarie, Joseph Ngobeh and Anthony S. Roberts – on 14th October, 2015 filed a motion against the management of Sierra Leone Port Authority, in respect of their redundancy benefits.

According to the judge, the issue raised by the defense counsel was very serious and promised to investigate.

He promised to engage Justice Tolla Thompson on the said matter, adding that he would have no option but to jail the complainants if he confirmed they had gotten a ruling.

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“I would jail anybody who tries to cheat from the resources of Sierra Leone. I will not allow anybody to cheat this country and destroy it, because I want our children to have a better home,” said the Supreme Court Judge, who sits in the Industrial Court.

However, Lawyer S. Nicol, who represents the accused, asked for an adjournment to enable him conduct more enquiries about the objection raised by lawyers on the other side. The matter was adjourned to 20th June, 2016.